THE DAMAGING PRICE OF PALM OIL
Scientists estimate in 20 years Orang-utans will become extinct
Palm oil contributes to deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra, the only two places on Earth where orang-utans live.
Trees are cut down for Palm Oil Plantations, but these trees are the Orang-utan's home.
There are only an estimated 6,500 orang-utans left in Sumatra who continue to face threats from deforestation.
An Indonesian court issued a big blow to a palm oil company for illegally destroying forest land in Sumatra’s protected Leuser Ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for orangutans and other endangered species.
In what’s being called a groundbreaking verdict, the court found palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large areas of the Tripa peat forest in the province of Aceh and ordered it to pay roughly $30 million in fines.
An estimated $20 million was allocated for restoration efforts. The court also confiscated land and will be charging a fine for every day the palm oil company delays repayment, reports the Environmental News Service.